5 Things: Inspiration for the Week of 2/4/13

This week, get inspired by Jonsí, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Larry King, Journey & Ausin Wintory, and Disney Animations’s Paperman.

Jonsí – Go Do

In 2010, Jonsí, front man of Icelandic ambient-rock band Sigur Rós, toppled critics with his debut solo album Go. The album consisted of a collection of fleshed-out, previously unfinished works, the result of which opened the eyes of many to a critical mass of melodies, instrumentation, and production of grand proportions. The album opener “Go Do” hails as an anthem to seize the day and the video is no different. Upon first view, I was in awe of the beautiful yet alarming ringing of an individual confronting the chaos of the world for the first time. Let this album opener open your Mondays with much more ease. “We should always know that we can do anything…

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“We Stopped Dreaming” – Neil deGrasse Tyson

Like his notions of NASA, Neil deGrasse Tyson is a force to be reckoned with. With words to shake a generation, Dr. Neil deDgrasse Tyson seems to have the power and voice to propel our society into the future. Allow yourself and our youth to become excited about science, technology, and our potential. Allow yourself and our youth to start dreaming.

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The Nerdist: Larry King

For those customer service representatives, marking managers, public relations specialists, entertainers, journalists, teachers, writers, and editors, this podcast is for you. The Nerdist himself, Chris Hardwick, had the privilege of exchanging 45 minutes of dialogue with radio, TV, and journalism personality Larry King. Mr. King dives deep into the art of communicating and opening up. If there is one thing to take away from this interview, it is to be open, honest, and transparent. Allow your audience to know exactly where you are coming from. Once they see it from your side, they will be much more willing to accept what they are being told.

Stream/Download Nerdist | iTunes


As quite the heavy lifter, thatgamecompany’s Journey may have re-shaped the entire world of video games and art in one fell swoop. Clocking in at just under 1.5 hours of gameplay, Journey takes the player through a whirlwind of topics ranging from light vs. dark, evolution, technology, companionship, music, loneliness, and love with one piece of dialogue and control mechanics that range no further than a joystick and a couple of buttons.

Journey has been met with much critical acclaim, snagging a plethora of awards including Game of the Year from IGN and Gamespot. What is more is that Journey’s soundtrack, composed by Austin Wintory, is the first video game soundtrack to be nominated for a Grammy! Classifying this visual and audible experience as simply a mere video game would be foolish. If this new art medium does not leave you misty eyed at the climax, I’m not sure what will. At the very least, let the soundtrack sweep you away…

Buy: Soundtrack Amazon | iTunes


The placement of Disney Animation’s Paperman short before Wreck-It Ralph felt like the equivalent of learning that your 5th grade crush actually liked you just before your friends were about to hit “Start” on a game of Mario Kart: bewildered, amazed, and inspired. With its hand drawn textures, the computer animated Paperman rivited crowds old and new a like.

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What inspires you? Sound off in the comments below!


Kyle Starr is the writer of and The State of Gaming. Find Kyle on Twitter at @_kylestarr.


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